Anti-Smoking Measures Have Saved the Lives of Over 8 Million Americans

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

In 1964 the first Surgeon General report related to smoking, ‘Smoking and Health,’ was released. This year marks the report’s 50th anniversary and according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, anti-smoking measures have saved the lives of over eight million Americans.

An estimated 17.7 million deaths were attributed to smoking between the 1964 report and 2012. During that time period, more anti-smoking campaigns and educational programs have been developed and tighter regulations on cigarettes and tobacco products have been put in place.

Analysts led by Dr. Theodore Holford of the Yale University School of Public Health took the information from the 1964 study and the rates of smoking-related deaths between that time and present day. With this information, they estimated that those who listened to the anti-smoking controls gained an estimated 19.6 years of life while avoiding a premature smoking-related death.

Even though there is a strong case against smoking, it remains one of the most widespread health concerns in the U.S. Smoking and tobacco use has been known to cause:

  • increase in cardiovascular risks (heart disease & stroke);
  • blood vessel damage, raising the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and weakened heart muscles;
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
  • cancers, especially in the lungs, throat and mouth;
  • difficulty becoming pregnant and damage to the fetus;
  • lower bone density; and
  • increased risk of cataracts.

Smoking is one of the lifestyle factors that people can change to reduce the risk of developing a disabling condition or help ease the symptoms of an existing health condition. There are many programs and systems to help with smoking cessation that can range from self-help books to support groups. Your doctor can also provide guidance and prescribe medications such as Chantix that may assist you with quitting.

Many of the diseases and conditions that are worsened by smoking may qualify you as disabled if they reach a critical stage. At Disability Help Group we help people with disabilities file and fight for their rightful Social Security disability benefits. Contact us today for a FREE consultation with a disability claims specialist – 1-(800)-800-3332.